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How I resisted inducement to withdraw from race – 33-year-old teacher who defeated Yobe Speaker



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By Bala Dauda, Damaturu


Mr Lawan Musa, a 33-year-old volunteer teacher who won the March 18 Nguru ll state constituency election in Yobe, said he resisted N100 million inducement from some politicians to withdraw from the March 18 Nguru ll state constituency election.

It would be recalled that Musa contested the election under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform and defeated the incumbent Speaker, Yobe House of Assembly, Alhaji Ahmed Lawan, with 182 votes margin.

Speaking with journalists in Damaturu on Sunday, Musa vowed not to betray the trust reposed in him by his constituents.

“ Initially, they offered N18 million to me to step down. When I rejected the offer, they now returned with an improved offer of N100 million when I made it clear that I won’t withdraw from the race,” he said.

The legislator-elect said he kicked off his village to village campaign on foot due to lack of funds, adding that it was mid way into the campaign that someone in neighbouring Jigawa donated a motorcycle to him.

“ Later on, someone who noticed our determination to the course and lack of funds in the campaign organisation, also donated a car meant to mobilize and reach out to our people.

“ My people, most of whom are farmers and fish sellers, raised funds to fuel the car. Some called and wished me success, while others sent between N50,000 to N20,000 into my account, as their own contributions”, he said.

Musa, a HND holder in Business Administration/Management from Federal Polytechnic, Damaturu, said backwardness in education and other spheres of life motivated him to run for the seat occupied by Lawan for 20 years.

“ In the area of education, we are moving backward in the constituency. Our classes have been dilapidated, there is lack of job opportunities among our teeming youths and the in the health sector, we are doing badly as well.

“ So I realized that we lack good representation to address these issues or challenges. That was why our people said I should contest the seat perhaps because they thought I could make a difference.

“ During our campaign, there was intimidation and harassment from some people, but thank God despite all the challenges we were able to win,” he said.

The legislator-elect promised to prioritised making laws that would enhance social and economic well-being of his constituents.

“I will prioritize education by ensuring that classrooms are renovated, more teachers are employed and learning materials are provided.

“ On health sector, we have more than 40 communities whose health care facilities are in dire need of drugs and medical personnel. I will do anything possible to address this problem.

“ I will also lobby and approach relevant agencies to see that portable water and good roads are provided in the constituency, and ensure that jobless youths are employed either temporarily or permanently.

“ I will also make sure that i visit my constituents every weekend to hear their challenges so that I can handle those I can and refer those I can’t to the appropriate authorities,” Musa said.

He said as a grassroot politician and development worker, he was not surprised when his constituents bought him a nomination form to contest in the election.

“ I contested for councillorship seat in 2021, which I lost. My constituents were not happy that was why they bought the nomination form for me to contest the house of assembly seat this time around.

“ I think this explains why I got the PDP ticket unopposed because of the love the people have shown for me.

“ I reciprocated this gesture by refusing to step down despite being approached by some politicians with mouthwatering inducements,” he said.


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